Preds team game prevails; Ducks lost game in 1st period

Saturday in Anaheim, the Ducks failed to score on power play opportunities in the first period, failed to jump on the Nashville Predators who entered the game without top line center and leading scorer Ryan Johansen, and second line center Mike Fisher. The Predators’ team game is strong, with no passengers, just drivers. It took… Continue reading Preds team game prevails; Ducks lost game in 1st period

Double the effort equals extra goal, win for Predators

Nashville leads Western Conference Final 2-1 The Nashville Predators followed a simple rule Tuesday night in Nashville. They needed an extra goal, and a doubling of shot opportunities paved the way to their getting it. “We have to win 2-1 games, one-goal games, etc.” this is the common refrain in the modern NHL, especially at… Continue reading Double the effort equals extra goal, win for Predators

Welcome back Kase

After the Predators jumped to a 2-0 first period lead in Game 2, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle took immediate action, swapping out veteran Corey Perry in favor of Czech rookie RW Ondrej Kase on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie. The effect was profound as the Ducks came back to win, 5-3… Continue reading Welcome back Kase

Welcome back, tough guy

Chris Neil welcomed back by Sens mates He only played 2:26 in Game 5, and was given a misconduct penalty, but 37-year-old Chris Neil was welcomed with open arms by his Senators teammates in their overtime victory. He looks forward to another opportunity tonight in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. Rangers tough guy Tanner… Continue reading Welcome back, tough guy

Send in the ghosts

The Anaheim Ducks failed so miserably to close out their series against the Edmonton Oilers that no one on the roster evaded responsibility for the 7-1 loss Sunday in Game 6. “I’m not going to sit here and say that our goaltending was where it needed to be but our other side of our game… Continue reading Send in the ghosts

Getzlaf more valuable than ever, & proving it on the ice

WEDNESDAY: ANAHEIM 4 EDMONTON 3 (OT) SERIES: ANAHEIM 2 EDMONTON 2 (GAME 5 AT HONDA CENTER FRIDAY) Randy Carlyle is an old school kind of coach. He wants a deep commitment from each player, quick shots and a hard forecheck that goes directly to the slot in the offensive zone. Star players should be leaned… Continue reading Getzlaf more valuable than ever, & proving it on the ice

Monday 5/1: JB is the guest on Rick Ralph’s show: 1290 Winnipeg – Listen Online at HockeytalkRadio.com

Here’s today’s appearance with Rick Ralph on 1290 Winnipeg, spotlighting the Ducks/Oilers series. Rick’s got a great show…listen online at HockeytalkRadio: http://www.hockeytalkradio.com Rick Ralph, host, TSN 1290